Meet in downtown Covington at 3 p.m. for the Community Bike Ride the first Sunday of each month. Cohosted by the Newton Trails, Main Street Covington and the Covington/Newton County Visitors Center, for more information visit http://www.newtontrails.org/communitybike-ride. The ride starts and finishes at the Square. The first loop is a gentle, family-friendly 4.5 mile roll around historic downtown Covington. Then, if you’re up for a little more fun, take a ride out and back on the scenic Eastside Trail.
Monday, April 3 – Friday, April 7
Newton County School System will be closed for Spring Break.
Saturday, April 8
Lovejoy United Methodist Church, at 12835 Highway 36, in Covington, is hosting its Spring Bar-B-Q from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church. The BBQ is available for eat-in or take-out and will cost $9 for adults and $4.50 for children. Pounds of meat or quarts of stew are also available for $9 each.
Saturday, April 15
Salem United Methodist Church, at 3962 Salem Road, in Covington, will host an Easter Egg Hunt starting at 12 p.m. There will also be a free hot dog lunch to follow. For more information call 770-786-6027.
Saturday, April 22
The Class of 1969-72 Newton County High School is planning a reunion. For more information visit classmates.com or the Facebook event Class of 1971 Reunion.
Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 23
The Newton County Arts Association will show “Honk! Jr.” featuring Oxford Singing Children and Oxford Little Singers. There will be two showings April 22, one at 2 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. There will also be a April 23 at 3 p.m. at Porter Performing Arts Center at 140 Ram Drive, in Covington.
Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28
More than 500 Special Olympians in our community invite you to join as they celebrate Special Olympics Week in Newton County.We kick off the Special Olympics Week with a parade and Opening Ceremony on Monday, April 24 at 10 a.m. After parading around the historic square in Covington, the Games will officially be opened 11:30 a.m. at Sharp Field. Tuesday, April 25 will feature middle and high school athletes as well as master athletes in track and field events from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sharp Field. Elementary school athletes will compete in track and field events on Wednesday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Sharp Field. The games conclude April 28 with a closing ceremony and celebration at 10:30 a.m. at Sharp Field. If you would like to have further information about Special Olympics Week in Newton County, call 770-788-5387.
Friday, April 28 – Saturday, April 29
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) is hosting its career fair Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newton County Law Enforcement Center. Detention officer and deputy sheriff positions are available. Recruiting personnel will be conducting application screenings and on-site interviews, so please dress in business attire. Minimum requirements include a high school diploma or GED, Georgia POST Peace Officers Certification or ability to obtain within six months of employment and a valid driver’s license. Bilingual skills are preferred but not required. For more information, contact 678-625-1584 or careers@ newtonsheriffga.org. Visit www.newtonsheriffga.org/join.
Sunday, April 30
Denver Bierman and the Mile High Orchestra is coming to First Baptist Church of Social Circle, at 195 N. Cherokee Road at 6 p.m. The concert will be free to the public, but donations are welcomed. For more information call 770-464-3474.
Saturday, May 6
Newton County Sheriff’s Office will offer a Citizen’s Firearm Safety Course from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newton County Law Enforcement Training Center, at 15151 Alcovy Road, in Covington from 8 a.m. to lunch time. After lunch, the class will meet at the NCSO Range at 272 Lower River Road, in Covington, for live fire exercises. Applications can be obtained and returned to NCSO through April 15. Participants must be 21 years old, consent and pass a criminal background check and produce a valid Georgia Driver’s License. Participants must also supply their own firearm and ammunition, which must be in good and serviceable condition. The firearm must be at least .380 caliber. Contact Lt. Paul Gunter, agency training coordinator, at 678-625-1444 or email@example.com with questions.
Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7
The Newton County Arts Association presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” featuring the Covington Regional Ballet. Show times are set from Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Porter Performing Arts Center at 140 Ram Drive, in Covington.